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  • The Rueful Axe Or The Mask?

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    • The masque. You can get something similar but better than the rueful axe known as "volendrung" from another daedric quest. The closest thing to the masque is "volsung" dragonpriest mask, which is not as good (although still adequate). Rueful axe is also NOT a daedric artefact and it has poor stats

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    • Which game are you talking about? The topic is about the quest in Skyrim, but the board is Oblivion.

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    • The Rueful Axe swings veeeeeeery slowly. It takes about 3 seconds for a single wing.

      Mask is good if you want better prices and stuff.

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    • Sky Above,Voice Within wrote:
      Which game are you talking about? The topic is about the quest in Skyrim, but the board is Oblivion.

      Sorry I clicked wrong

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    • I moved it.

      I always choose the masque.

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    • What's the purpose of moving threads again?

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    • Theres a way to do both check it out on this page .

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    • M'aiq the Lover wrote: What's the purpose of moving threads again?

      Organization?

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    • The masque is far more unique in both appearance and function than the Rueful Axe.

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    • I know this thread was created ages ago but I still want to write this :)

      Masque!

      1. I never kill innocent animals! Even if a Daedric Prince tells me to! I have no problem killing people, though :D What a weird set of morals I must have. Well, I have my fun...

      2. The masque is unique looking.

      3. It's useful every time you sell or buy stuff.

      3. Your speech skill improves a little faster if you use it when buying or selling. Speech skill isn't fast to improve. At least not for me.

      4. The axe is slow, boring looking and there are many items like it in Skyrim but their stamina enchantment is better and they are faster to swing.

      5. The longer you play the more weapons you have. Are you really even gonna remember you have this Rueful Axe? Majority of your semi good, heavy to carry weapons are gonna rot in some container in your home anyway.

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    • Why not keep both of them?

      You can use slow time and then fast travel to whiterun, go into breezehome and place the axe on th weapon rack, when you go back to the shrine you will then get the masque.

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    • Take the Masque.  What kind of person would kill a talking dog?

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    • 60.231.52.25 wrote:
      Why not keep both of them?

      You can use slow time and then fast travel to whiterun, go into breezehome and place the axe on th weapon rack, when you go back to the shrine you will then get the masque.

      good stinking batman :) thanks for the tip really worked

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    • The Axe is the worst axe in the game, the power is not anything to boast about and dat speed (facepalm), the effect is also nothing special so yeah the mask is the better choice in my opinion

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    • I'd like to say that while the Masque is obviously the better choice in terms of items, and is usually what I take, I did pick the Rueful Axe for RP purposes on a playthrough since killing Barabas should lock Clavicus in the shrine, diminishing his effects on the world significantly.

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    • 202.156.8.15 wrote:
      The masque. You can get something similar but better than the rueful axe known as "volendrung" from another daedric quest. The closest thing to the masque is "volsung" dragonpriest mask, which is not as good (although still adequate). Rueful axe is also NOT a daedric artefact and it has poor stats

      It didn't have very poor stats for me when I got it.

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    • Definitely the masque, it's so cool. Even on my most evil character I chose it. Barbas is too awesome to kill!

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    • I really hate clavicus and killing barbas would lock him in his shrine. But then again my councious would not let me kill barbas who has been honest with me. Tough choice....

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    • I took the axe because it would look cool as an achievment in Breezhome. Call me heartless towards animals if you will, but the axe looks cooler than a masque.

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    • Careful with displaying items like the Rueful Axe in displays like Weapon Rack often they can't hold unique items properly and the weapon falls out, then they can get picked up by npc's or even pass though the floor. On the axes bugs list it also says in Hearthfires houses it can slowly sink down the rack until it vanishes.

      I always pick the mask but the axe does look awesome (even if it isn't a very good weapon).

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    • Remember, kids. Looking cool is always better than being efficient.

      I pick the axe.

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    • As our Dragonborns usually aren't the best looking, we almost always choose the masque.

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    • Another thing for me is that if my character isn't going to be the best merchant in Tamriel as part of the character itself, any items to buff mercantile are pretty useless to me.

      "Less blah, blah, blah, more smash, stab, kill!"

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    • I chose the masque

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    • The axe looks really nice, and Barbas was annoying.

      Win-win.

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    • I picked the masque. the enchantments on both the items are crap and I already had a better weapon equipped so i just chose the helmet

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    • MOSSI wrote:
      I really hate clavicus and killing barbas would lock him in his shrine. But then again my councious would not let me kill barbas who has been honest with me. Tough choice....


      Uhm, actually if you have listened to Clavicus, he gets all his power back whether Barbas dies or not; the benefit for Clavicus of killing Barbas is that he gains back all his power without the half of him that acts as a voice of reason and minor compassion.

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    • I took the mask cause of the achievement, and didn't know of -- nor had the means of pulling off -- the glitch to get both.

      The axe would be a much more worthwhile reward if its enchantment had to do with werewolves, or even if it was just glowy and had a simple passive effect on it like the 'highly effective vs undead' on silver weapons or Wuuthrad's 'deals extra damage to elves'. But instead it just has an extremely basic enchantment and a slower swing than any other weapon in its class -- maybe the entire game.

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    • I took 'em both. DId the glitch mentioned in bugs section for the mission, AND I also did it on 1st try... Just had to say that! I mean, I really did it!

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    • 84.34.249.46 wrote:
      I took 'em both. Did the glitch mentioned in bugs section for the mission, AND I also did it on 1st try... Just had to say that! I mean, I really did it!

      That's me... I forgot AGAIN to log in! And yeah I can't fix the typos as a Wikia Contributor after sending the message... JUST in case someone is about to mention...

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    • i chose the axe because it is awesome

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    • I use a mod that makes the axe swing faster, do more dmg, do more dmg to undead, and the enchantment is better :)

      so I choose the axe

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    • For achievments, get the Masque. For anything else, it's personal preferance.

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    • Wuunferth the Unliving wrote:
      Another thing for me is that if my character isn't going to be the best merchant in Tamriel as part of the character itself, any items to buff mercantile are pretty useless to me.

      "Less blah, blah, blah, more smash, stab, kill!"

      Nice knife work. Just stab stab stab stab! And then, stab stab stab stab! 

      - Cicero in Windhelm

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    • I get The Rueful Ax only because I like the way it looks and after all Barbas was looking for his master so I let him join him.

      A lot of things on the game test your morals and ethics but remember it is just a collection of 1's and 0's

      101100101000100101010

      Knowing this I still don't like doing quests that have you murder and steal and lie it is a reflection of your real life charactor 

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    • I would like to remind people about something about the lore of the Masque.

      Clavicus Vile can recall the masque whenever he/she/it wants. As far as I know, he never does that in game but that info might be useful for people who value roleplaying.

      I still chose the Masque though. Only two-handed weapon I use is the Ebony Blade, and I am simply TOO greedy when it comes to gold.

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    • After picking Rueful Axe once to see how it works, I ended up always picking the mask, I find the Axe too weak compared to most of the other weapons in game. I mean even Steel Battleaxes or especially Skyforged Steel Battleaxes can be upgraded to surpass Rueful Axe. But it probably had a lot to do with me being more of a sword user because it is fastest of all 3 weapons and that I tend to use Ebony Blade or Bloodskal blade all the time for melee or not go melee at all.

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    • I hated the damn dog always pushing me around, blocking me, pushing things off in my house and giving me awat when i steal or try to hide. Defenetly kill it even if you get no reward.

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      83.191.255.42 wrote:It's clearly Bethesda's punishment for killing the helpul dog. To give you a Daedric artifact that doesn't rate as a Daedric Artifact for the achievement then having the axe et deliberately as useless as it is, Seriously, If that's not direct punishment, what is it?
      The Rueful Axe Or The Mask?
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    • I chose both...

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    • The Masque of Clavicus Vile.

      The Rueful Axe's enchantment isn't good enough. You can disenchant some other weapon like it, & make a far better one down the line.

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    • Ifnsman wrote: The Masque of Clavicus Vile.

      The Rueful Axe's enchantment isn't good enough. You can disenchant some other weapon like it, & make a far better one down the line.

      But it looks cool that's why I choose both

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